White-Collar Crime

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Infobase Publishing, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 116 pages
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The American criminologist Edwin Sutherland defined white-collar crime as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation." Through concealment, deceit, or violation of trust, white-collar criminals bilk investors of their life savings, ruin companies, and destroy lives. But compared to violent crime, are such "high society" crimes taken seriously enough by law enforcement and politicians? When caught, are white-collar criminals punished severely enough? And what role should government play in involving itself in these matters? In an era of vast pyramid schemes and rampant credit fraud, readers can explore these timely issues and many others in White-Collar Crime.

 

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Contents

Foreword
6
WhiteCollar Crime in the United States
11
Too Many Activities Are Considered WhiteCollar Crimes
24
More Activities Should Be Classified as WhiteCollar Crimes
34
WhiteCollar Penalties Are Too Lenient
43
WhiteCollar Penalties Are Appropriately Harsh
54
Government Must Protect Citizens from WhiteCollar Crime
65
Government Regulation of WhiteCollar Crime Is Ineffective
74
Beginning Legal Research
92
Common Citation Forms
94
Elements of the Argument
95
Notes
96
Resources
102
Picture Credits
110
Index
111
Contributors
116

The Future of WhiteCollar Crime
83

Common terms and phrases

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